Getting Rid of Matthew
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Veel plezier met dit boek.
The blurb on the back cover made me think that this was along the lines of Bridget Jones's Diary, which is absolutely brilliant as both a book and a film. I know Getting Rid of Matthew has been made into a film and I can imagine it is also hilarious because the situations the main character, Helen, gets herself into are ridiculous. However, the book itself is far from hilarious. In any case, it didn't make me laugh (unlike Bridget Jones).
The problem, I think, is that the author is a television producer, so the action is too spread out to come across well in book form. Many people will already be put off by the idea that the main character with whom we are supposed to sympathise is having a long-term part-time relationship with her married boss, in the full knowledge that he has a family. To be honest, some of the best characters and even relationships in films and TV are the immoral ones, so don't let that put you off! Helen, however, is not enough of a bitch to enjoy hating. She is not a loveable, ditsy character like Bridget Jones, but comes across as somebody who blames all her problems on someone else. After all, it takes two to tango and if she had said 'no' to Matthew (her boss) in the first place, she would have been able to find a relationship with somebody who didn't lie and cheat, plus continued improving her job prospects instead of being sidelined as a secretary.
The only really sympathetic character in the whole story is the jilted wife, Sophie. The question is, will Helen manage to ruin Sophie's life a second time, first by taking away her husband, then returning him as damaged goods (though it turns out he was that in the first place).
There are a lot of ridiculous and farcical twists and turns in the plot that make Getting Rid of Matthew worth reading, but don't expect to fall in love with any of the characters. I haven't seen the film, but I suspect it's better.
By the way, in Swedish, this book is called Dumpa Matthew, which is wonderful! I only wish there had been more tips about how to dump irritating partners, because that would have been hilarious.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
- The Ultimate Challenge - read and release books, with extra points for a monthly theme
- Reduce Mount TBR (To Be Read) - read and release books on the TBR list since before the end of 2014. My reading goal is 36 books.
Looking forward to reading this
When picking up this book I hoped for fun, but there isn't so much in it and I really don't care for any of the people. So this book will travel on soon
Off to chrissini next as part of the wishlist tag game.